The Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust was established in 1995 to promote the development of a broad waterway park, which will link the Grand Union Canal in Milton Keynes to the river Great Ouse in Bedford through a series of waterway parks. It will include pathways and green space designed to meet the needs of all who enjoy rambling, walking, cycling, fishing, horse riding and those who simply like to chill out next to the waterway park. We believe it should be an essential part of the infrastructure in the Oxford/Milton Keynes/Cambridge Corridor.
Despite wide-ranging and ongoing support for the Trust’s campaign to secure a culvert under the upgraded A421 the Department of Transport and the two local councils involved in the road scheme have made it clear that there is no funding available. The Trust has taken up the challenge to find sources of funding but this will take time and the road scheme will risk further costs if it is delayed. We have been reassured that it will be possible to tunnel under the road at some future date, albeit at a much greater cost. We will continue to look for opportunities to resolve the problem which lack of a culvert in the current scheme presents. The campaign of support has given the Waterway Park a much bigger and wider profile which is a very positive outcome. We have been supported by all 5 local MPs as well as our members, the IWA, the Bedford Chamber of Commerce and many others. The Trust wants to thank everyone who has lobbied in support of our case and hope that your involvement with the Bedford and Milton Keynes waterway will be ongoing!